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  • Joe Scott wonders how many remember Air Force’s magic 2003-2004 season

    Wed, July 4, 2012 by David Ramsey with 5 comments

    When talking with University of Denver coach Joe Scott about the possibility of scheduling Air Force for a future basketball game, I mentioned how special the game could be. It could be a homecoming for Scott, who coached Air Force into the 2004 NCAA Tournament, as well as a homecoming for current DU assistants Mike McKee, A.J. Kuhle and Jon Jordan. McKee coached at Air Force, and Kuhle and Jordan played and coached at Air Force.

    We’re talking about the possibility of a meaningful homecoming.

    At least that’s how I see it.

    “Ah, I think the more you’re in this business, the more you think just in the terms of the program where you are now,” Scott said, still talking about the possible Air Force game. “Is this a good game for us? Is this the kind of game that can help us become the program we want to become?

    “People across the country forget what happened  in 2003. That’s called time. They don’t know what the hell happened in 2003.”

    “As time marches on, you look at it from the standpoint of, ‘Is it a good game?’”

    I’d answer yes, with an exclamation mark. And I’d answer yes largely because of sentiment, which has meaning. Plenty of people at the academy remember what happened in 2003-2004. This could be a special game.

    Next: Scott talks about the DU career of former Evangelical Christian Academy star Rob Lewis.